AirVPN ReviewGreat Features At An Affordable Price
AirVPN is situated in Italy and operates under the Directive 95/46/CE (The directive was ruled invalid in April 2014 but Italy still continues to apply the law) and conform to the the best practices as recommended by the EU Art. 29 Working Party and the EDPS (European Data Protection Supervisor). However AirVPN clearly proclaimed NO LOGS: "No monitoring nor logging of your activities online". Obviously VPN services including AirVPN will not be concerned by this law (unlike ISPs and telephone operators), which explains the NO LOGS despite a law requiring data conservation.
According to their About US section, this VPN is directed by motivated « hacktivists » who try to provide something different from the commercial offerings available for the general public, which is the norm among other VPN services! We believe them! All the services available can be available in your user space:
From the most classic:
- OpenVPN with high levels of identification (4096 bit RSA keys size, AES-256-CBC Data Channel, HMAC SHA1 Control Channel) Note the absence of the “smaller” PPTP or L2TP protocols.
- 14 countries and many states
- A connection client (we used a Beta version with the cute name Eddie - there is also a finalised v1.92 version with a simple design in your user space)
To the more interesting:
- Advanced functions for connection client
- An explanation of OpenVPN for pfSense!
- Config generator to create your own .ovpn connection file – you have exactly the same options, country, choice... as on your connection programme but here it is manual. Well designed.
- Creation of a forwarded port – to add if you want to optimise your torrent or P2P programme (HighID with Emule).
- AirVPN with TOR – the added value of this VPN. But you will need some knowledge of the TOR network.
You can use TOR + VPN simultaneously (as long as the VPN is configured specially). AirVPN chose the route: Personal network → Tor → VPN → internal
AirVPN do recommend this to their users for the following reasons:
- Your real IP is unknown to AirVPN because the TOR IP will appear as the initial IP in your user account. This increases your anonymity by hiding your ISP IP from the VPN.
- Eventual logs from the VPN are protected by your TOR IP.
In order to protect your absolute anonymity you need to respect two rules:
- Pay AirVPN in Bitcoin using TOR
- Never connect with your ISP IP. You must connect to TOR before setting up: AirVPN with TOR.
Activate the proxy (port 9150) in the connection client (we used version v1.92) => Préférences
Then choose your server in port TCP. If you have a connection error you need to make a slight adjustment according to your version of TOR Browser. Replace your torrc-defaults file (found at TorBrowser\Data\Tor\torrc-defaults):
SocksPort 9150 ControlPort 9151
# SocksListenAddress 127.0.0.1
# SocksPort 9150
SocksPort 127.0.0.1:9150 PreferSOCKSNoAuth
You can obviously manually create the connection from your Config generator by first choosing your server then selecting the proxy option (not forgetting to add the file to your config dossier for OpenVPN).
Once connected you will be able to access TOR through your TOR Browser and the rest of your network will be protected by AirVPN. If you close your TOR Browser then your VPN connection will also cut out.
Conclusion: AirVPN is evidently a specialist VPN service without a high pricetag, which is aimed at those that want to control their own configuration. Some of the technical aspects are only loosely explained, not suitable for a novice. They are for the more experienced user.